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Barbecue Pork Kebabs With
Blistered-Chile–Pumpkin Seed Salsa

['1/4 large white onion', '2 jalapeños', '1/4 cup chopped cilantro', '1/4 cup finely chopped unsalted, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)', '1/4 cup olive oil', '3 tablespoons fresh lime juice', 'Kosher salt', '1 1/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt)', '2 tablespoons light brown sugar', '2 tablespoons mustard powder', '2 tablespoons paprika', '2 teaspoons garlic powder', '1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper', '1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper', 'Vegetable oil (for grill)', 'Kosher salt', '8 (8–12-inch-long) metal skewers']

Cook onion and jalapeños over a gas burner, turning often, until charred and beginning to soften, about 4 minutes (alternatively, cook in a hot dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron). Let cool. Finely chop onion. Remove seeds from chiles and finely chop. Toss onion, chiles, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, oil, and lime juice in a small bowl. Season with salt.
Freeze pork until very firm around the edges, 20–30 minutes. Slice 1/4" thick, then cut crosswise into 1 1/2"–2" strips if needed. Cover and chill until ready to grill.
Mix brown sugar, mustard powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl to combine.
Prepare a grill for medium-high, indirect heat (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on one side of grill; for a gas grill, leave one or two burners off). Oil grates. Thread pork onto 6–8 skewers, folding and piling onto itself to form a compact shape. Season with salt, then sprinkle generously with brown sugar mixture in several passes, allowing a few minutes between each for rub to adhere. Grill over direct heat, turning every minute or so, until browned and beginning to char in spots, about 4 minutes. Move to cooler side of grill and continue to grill until cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Serve pork topped with salsa.
Salsa can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Dry rub can be made 1 month ahead; store airtight at room temperature.

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